Design Highlight: Donut Worry, Be Happy

Big Raven Yoga Donut Worry, Be Happy Yoga Mat

This week’s design highlight is part of our permanent collection due to its enduring, year-round popularity. Designed by our daughter, Hannah, our Donut Worry, Be Happy yoga mat depicts your Earthly post-yoga reward. Something to focus on during practice. Your drishti, if you will.

Crop of the Big Raven Yoga 'Donut Worry, Be Happy' yoga mat

When my team first came to me and said, “You know what we need? A doughnut yoga mat,” I was… well, I was more than a little skeptical. Doughnuts and yoga? But they finally convinced me that it’s a thing and that it’s a thing we need. So Hannah sat down and designed one. She was born and raised in Minneapolis, but she lives in Los Angeles now, where the doughnut culture is strong. When we were last out in California this past January for the LA Yoga Conference, we must have seen 3 dozen doughnut shops along a 1-mile stretch in Anaheim alone.

Many of Hannah’s designs have a California vibe to them, actually: Burbank, Come Up and Sashimi Sometime, Orange Ya Glad It’s Not Bananas?!, Saved by the Pastels, Sweet Marmalade, and many, MANY more (though you can’t actually see the rest of her designs unless we provide you with the secret link).

(Personally, I’d like to think this design was inspired by her growing up watching The Simpsons.)

The text associated with this design, on the other hand, was provided by Bri. Well, maybe not “text” so much as alternative lyrics to Bobby McFerrin’s hit song from the terrible 1988 Tom Cruise/Elisabeth Shue movie Cocktail:

🎶 Here’s a little song I wrote,
It’s time for yoga, grab your tote.
In every life, we have some trouble,
Just eat a donut (or make it double).

Donut Worry, Be Happy.

And find a place to lay this mat,
You’ll find your zen in no time flat.

Donut Worry, Be Happy.
(🎶 Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh… 🎶)

A sweet, simple ditty whose underlying theme of “don’t worry, be happy” slots nicely into my own yogic practice, during which I try to let go of all of life’s worries and focus on what’s right in front of me. Like doughnuts.

The Big Raven Yoga 'Donut Worry, Be Happy' yoga mat in use

To make this tasty treat even more enticing, take $10 off our Donut Worry, Be Happy yoga mat this week only using the promo code DONUTS at checkout. Offer good until midnight, this Sunday night, August 4.

The Big Raven Yoga 'Donut Worry, Be Happy' yoga mat

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